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US – Scioto Downs Racino to feel benefit of new hotel

By - 26 October 2015

Eldorado Resorts has established Columbus Southeast Hotel Group, a joint venture with Vista Host, to develop a new 118-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel that will be attached to Eldorado’s Scioto Downs Racino in Columbus, Ohio.

Construction of the new hotel is expected to begin this month with a targeted completion date in late 2016.

Eldorado is contributing $1m of cash and 2.4 acres of land immediately adjacent to the The Brew Brothers microbrewery and restaurant at Scioto Downs Racino. Columbus Southeast Hotel Group, LLC will be responsible for the construction of the $15m hotel and Vista Host, Inc. will operate it upon its completion.

Scioto Downs Racino, Ohio’s first racino, features more than 2,100 video lottery terminals, with a smoking patio that contains 82 video lottery terminals, seasonal live harness racing, year-round simulcast wagering and an array of dining options and live entertainment. Eldorado is in the final stages of a $9.5 million Phase II expansion of Scioto Downs Racino that further extends the property’s guest amenities and entertainment offerings and includes the The Brew Brothers microbrewery and restaurant, a new bakery and a refresh of the Dash Cafe that are expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2015. Along with the Phase II property expansion, Scioto Downs will be rebranded as “Eldorado Scioto Downs” in the fourth quarter of 2015 with new signage added throughout the property.

Gary Carano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado, said: “Providing our guests with the highest level of amenities at our properties continues to be a strategic priority for Eldorado and we believe the addition of a new hotel at Scioto Downs will fulfill the guest demand we have for lodging while further differentiating the property in the Columbus market. This planned new hotel is an excellent extension of the property’s Phase II development project as it brings yet another unique amenity to Scioto Downs. By partnering with Michael Harrell and the team at Vista Host for the development of this new hotel, we expect to deliver a quality hospitality offering for our guests while maintaining our financial discipline and focus on generating solid returns on investments.”

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